It’s almost Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. Long distance family members from nearly normal families will call you. As they have been seeing their parents over time they know Mom or Dad face a decline and they themselves are probably reaching burn out from constant travel and caring on top of their own work life demands
When they call for an inquiry you can proactively offer a list of alarm bells that they can look for this holiday season that would trigger engaging your services
You can give them this list to assess their parents or older family members during the holiday season and compare notes on a post-holiday call with you. Below is a list of red flags. If they see any red signals on Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or face them on Christmas-encourage them that is the time to do something about it by hiring a care manager. You can give them this is a checklist of some worrisome they may seen.
Alarm Bells List for Visiting Long Distance Relatives During the Holidays
Clutter in a home that was once always neat
Memory loss, change in short-term memory
Poor grooming by a person who was once meticulous
Refusing to go with friends on outings or to religious services
refusing any suggestion or conversely agreeing to everything with-out consideration
Mood swings, getting angry when normally easy going
Refusing to go to medical providers
Not taking care of activities of daily living: cooking, bathing, dressing, housekeeping, etc.
Entering contests, credit card maxed out on shopping channels
Set up a meeting when the midlife adult children return from the holidays. You have helped them proactively, begin to engage your services.